The Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011, and subsequently occurring Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident caused tremendously serious damage and left a long-lasting emotional scar on the Japanese people. In particular, the power plant accident thrust upon us the fundamental question “Who owns the information?” The people were confused at that time since many evacuees were exposed to needless radiation because the government did not disclose information immediately after the accident or since various specialists spoke about the radiation exposure from different positions. Even now, one cannot say that the government or Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has fulfilled their accountability to the Japanese people regarding the cause of the accident. Now about four years have passed since the accident. We still have 230 thousand or more evacuees (as of December 2014) and a polluted water problem. However, the accident has started to fade from many people’s memory. Also, irrespective of the criticism on the insufficient information disclosure, the government seems to have no plan of disclosing the information that the citizens should know. The project started from the question, “What should or can I do not only as an artist but also as a citizen to address the nuclear power problem?”, i.e. a highly scientific, economic, political, and social problem. I just started the project in 2012 and have been updating until now. It will probably never end.
The project consists of the following two sub-projects.
This is an interactive map created by integrating the data released from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare which contains over a million inspected food items and TEPCO. Especially, the data of inspected fishery products near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant by TEPCO indicates the contamination of fishes by Cesium 137 is still very serious.
One of the characteristic features of the map is that it allows comparison of the standard levels of radioactive substances in food between different countries and agencies after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident. Although it was criticized after the accident that Japanese temporal standards were too lax, there is actually almost no objective comparison of the standards of different countries. Therefore, I decided to create one myself, which is released on the web. This is a sub-project of getting “our” information back and creating media to transmit by myself.
I posed the same questions to evacuees, scientists, citizen activists, and others from various fields in Japan, Vietnam, and India, which are the countries deeply related to the future nuclear power plant policy. A video installation was then made from their answers. To prevent dichotomy between proponents and opponents of nuclear power plants, I negotiated interviews with people from as many different fields as possible. Some ceased to respond during the negotiation and some did not even reply to my inquiry. However, if I am able to conduct an interview with those people in future, I will update my work as required. The information of those whom I interviewed is included in the work.
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.10.2
Five Full HD Video Projectors
at least W9m x D6m x H3m
March 6th, 2015
Yuki Ando, Yutaro Osawa, Kohei Mikami, Shintaro Mizoi, Yasushi Noguchi
Amudha & Bhuvaneshwari, Mizuho Fukushima, Nguyen Thi Hoa, Chieko Igari, Takee Igari, Hitomi Kamanaka, Hiroaki Koide, Nguyen Li Nihh, Hideo Oguro, Lydia Powell, Nguyen Khac Phong, V. Pugazhendhi, Syu Saito, Yuka Saito, Kumar Sundaram, Kazue Shiino, Sumilhra, S. P. Udayakumar, Vedagiri, K. Valarmathi
Prayas Abhinav, Yuki Ando, Kexin Chen, Arati Chokshi, Toshiaki Horie, Kinuko Iizuka, Ayaka Ishii, Neeraj Jain, Nityanand Jayaraman, Tatsuki Kengaku, Shinobu Masubuchi, Kohei Mikami, Shintaro Mizoi, Misato Muto, Yutaro Osawa, Emiko Otsuka, Sharath Chandra Ram, Anders Sandell, Kazue Shiino, Misaki Watanabe, Misaki Yokosuka
Kazue Shiino, Shinobu Masubuchi